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IBM INFORMATION WAREHOUSE FRAMEWORK ENHANCED WITH NEW PRODUCTS, SUPPORT FOR OPEN AND CLIENT/SERVER ENVIRONMENTS

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Programming Systems today announced more than a dozen products to significantly enhance its Information Warehouse(Note A) framework, a portfolio of solutions that provide customers with common, effective ways to access, use and manage diverse information, regardless of its format, database or geographic location.
 Today's product announcements support IBM's customers' open systems and client/server requirements. Open computing is supported by improving access to a wide variety of data from IBM and other industry vendors, and by using or implementing industry standards, both of which enable customers to choose products without worrying about being locked into a single vendor's proprietary solution.
 The announcements support customers' client/server needs with client/server database products and data access tools. These products give personal computer and workstation users the ability to share information on a local area network (LAN), and access information on host-based systems, all while enjoying the industrial strength features of IBM database technology.
 "Customers today are looking for open and client/server solutions to their information needs, not just products to integrate," said Earl Wheeler, IBM senior vice president and general manager, programming systems. "The Information Warehouse framework offers a wide range of flexible client/server solutions, from the personal computer to the mainframe, that work together across a myriad of systems and platforms."
 Announced in September 1991, the Information Warehouse framework is designed to meet the challenges businesses face in organizing their critical information resource in a meaningful way and delivering it to knowledge workers for effective decision making. In the framework, users can access data stored on more than 50 different data sources, including such non-IBM data sources as ADABAS(Note B), IDMS, Oracle(B), SYBASE SQL Server(B), INFORMIX(B), INGRES(B), and Digital Equipment Corp.'s RMS(B) and Rdb/VMS(B).
 The framework is comprised of three major elements: Enterprise Data, the base of the framework, which consists of all the data in the enterprise and features the robust strength of IBM's DATABASE 2(A) (DB2)(A) relational database family; Data Delivery, the means by which the right business data is delivered to the application user; and Applications and Decision Support Systems, which help turn raw data into useful information for facilitating business decisions. IBM announced today it is publishing the Information Warehouse framework architecture to assist customers and software vendors in building their solutions.
 New Products
 Among the products announced today are a new version of IBM's award- winning DB2 database for the Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) mainframe operating system; and DB2/6000, a new client/server database for the Advanced Interactive Executive(A) (AIX)(A) environment that brings the strength of IBM's relational database technology to the UNIX(A) environment.
 The DB2 family of products includes DB2; DB2/6000(A) for workstations running AIX; DB2/2, a client/server database for personal computers running Operating System/2(A) (OS/2)(A); and relational products for the Operating System/400(A) midrange, and Virtual Machine (VM) and Virtual Storage Extended (VSE) mainframe environments. Each product provides compatible relational database management systems across all IBM platforms, and features the integrity, security, backup and recoverability required by customers who want to protect their valuable business information.
 New versions of Decision Support products from IBM and its business partners were also introduced today, including IBM Application System and IBM Personal Application System/2 and Personal Application System Builder/2. IBM also introduced user-based pricing for Application System. In addition, IBM announced a development relationship with the Intelligent Office Company (IOC), Ltd., and a marketing agreement with Comshare, Inc., two developers of decision support products.
 To date, more than 180 IBM and non-IBM products and facilities, plus more than 40 service and consulting offerings, have been delivered as part of the Information Warehouse framework.
 Support for Open and Client/Server Computing
 The Information Warehouse framework supports IBM's open systems goals of portability -- moving data, programs and people skills from one system or platform to another -- and interoperability, where different systems from multiple vendors work together through the transfer of data via common technology standards.
 Client/server computing is supported in the Information Warehouse framework through the client/server database products and through IBM's Distributed Relational Database Architecture(A) (DRDA)(A). DRDA is a client/server architecture that defines the protocols required to link remote IBM and non-IBM relational database systems on the mainframe, midrange, workstation and personal computing platforms. IBM announced enhancements to DRDA today to enable updates to multiple remote relational databases.
 In addition, decision support products from IBM business partners Comshare and IOC enable customers to access mainframe-based data from a personal computer in a client/server environment. Also, IMS Client Server/2, a new release of the IMS workstation client-server product for OS/2, provides customers with a PC-based product with which to build applications that draw data from the mainframe IMS product.
 The IBM products and architectures in the Information Warehouse framework were developed by IBM Programming Systems (PRGS). With more than $2.7 billion in revenue, PRGS is one of the largest software providers in the computing industry and the world's leading provider of industrial strength database technology.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp.
 (B) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the following companies: Software AG Inc., Oracle Inc., Sybase, Inc., Informix Software, Inc., INGRES, Inc., and Digital Equipment Corp.
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